Hopkins, the #62 prospect in the country in the latest Scout 100, was the first member of the Longhorn's class. The versatile line prospect that could play right tackle, guard or center on the next level began his junior year at 6-3 and 255-260 pounds, but has since grown and begun to fill out his long armed frame.
"I've grown another half inch and put on about ten pounds," Hopkins said. "I'm at 270 pounds now."
The now, 6-3.5, 270-pounder is looking forward to spring practice, which begins in early May, as he is focused on improving in every aspect and especially in two key areas.
"I want to continue to get better in every aspect this spring. I don't want to settle now that I'm committed, but keep getting better. I need to continue to get my pads lower and lower. I've been told that I play with my hips back too much at times, so I need to become more powerful using my hips," Hopkins said.
Hopkins, who ranks fifth academically in his class of over 900 students at North Shore, is currently throwing the discus for the Mustang track team, but will take a break from track on Saturday to make the trip to Austin to watch the Longhorn's closed scrimmage.
"We have a visit scheduled for the 28th for Texas' scrimmage. They asked me to come up then. Barrett (Matthews) is going too," Hopkins said.
Saturday, the Longhorns will have the majority of their 2010 class in town as well as the members of the 2009 class that haven't enrolled early.
The latest in a long list of Football Bowl Subdivision offensive line prospects from North Shore was the first commitment of the Longhorn's powerful 2010 class and North Shore head coach David Aymond was instrumental in the Longhorns extending an offer.
"Coach Aymond kept telling me to be patient. He told me he could help me set it up where my family could go up there (Austin). On the visit, we saw all of the facilities and academic buildings. My mom grilled people on academics. On the way back home, my mom and dad and I agreed that Texas was the best place for me. They offered me about a week later," Hopkins said.
Hopkins and Cedar Park's Dominic Espinosa are the two offensive line commits in the 2010 class. Hopkins has been talked to about playing everywhere along the line, with guard and center the most early on.
Hopkins was second team all-district as a sophomore and first team as a junior.